2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: First Impressions
July 29, 2014
I was fortunate enough to attend the West Coast launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe in the middle of June. I had the opportunity to drive the roadster when it showed up at Edmunds HQ a while back and it quickly became one of my favorites.
The F-type is one of those rare cars that I would consider getting a coupe instead of a convertible. It's not for any practical reasons like cargo capacity, though, I just really like the lines of the Coupe.
The first part of the event was to drive a V6 S Coupe from the Sunset Strip to Angeles Crest Highway, over the mountains, into the low desert and finally to our destination: Willow Springs International Raceway.
In that drive, my suspicions that the V6 was a worthy engine choice was confirmed. For the majority of drivers, this 380-hp powerplant will be more than adequate. It doesn't sound half bad, either. It may have a slight advantage for a lot of potential owners, too, and not just in the price.
As far as I could tell, the suspension wasn't quite as stiff as the V8 R that we acquired. It still rides like a sports car, don't get me wrong, but on the small cracks in the pavement it seemed to soak them up better. Another possible advantage is the sound. The V8's engine and exhaust note is brash. The crackles from the exhaust are so far over the top that it almost made a knuckle-dragger like me self-conscious. Almost.
I like the V6, but I love the V8. I love that it challenges me. I love that it scares me. I don't care that it's too loud or that I get horrible fuel economy figures. I love driving and the F-Type R Coupe is a driver's car.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 4,000 Miles